Collingwood, Fairy Tales and Totemism: a historical study on the origins of European religion (and society)
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Collingwood and British Idealism Studies 17 (2):203-223 (2012)
This paper suggests that Collingwood's fairy tales writings can be read as a historical study on the origins of European religion. His interest in fairy tales belongs to a clear tradition, whose members include John Ruskin, Benedetto Croce and most importantly Giambattista Vico, that realised the potential of fairy tales as evidence for historical knowledge. In this context fairy tales should be understood as myths that are not symbols but truthful, poetically expressed, narrations of the lives and societies of past people. Furthermore the connection of certain of those myths with religion was also recognised as an important element. Collingwood in his fairy tales study extends and clarifies this line of inquiry. He interprets certain themes of fairy tales as myths, suggesting that the origins of European religion and society can be detected in the totemistic beliefs of the pre-Neolithic people
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Alasdair R. Maclean (2008). Magic, Myths, and Fairy Tales : Consent and the Relationship Between Law and Ethics. In Michael D. A. Freeman (ed.), Law and Bioethics / Edited by Michael Freeman. Oxford University Press.
John Earman (1978). Fairy Tales Vs an Ongoing Story: Ramsey's Neglected Argument for Scientific Realism. [REVIEW] Philosophical Studies 33 (2):195 - 202.
George J. Annas (1988). Fairy Tales Surrogate Mothers Tell. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 16 (1-2):27-33.
Tim Whitmarsh (2002). Fairy Tales G. Anderson: Fairytale in the Ancient World . Pp. XI + 240. London and New York: Routledge, 2000. Paper, £16.99. Isbn: 0-415-23703-. [REVIEW] The Classical Review 52 (01):34-.
R. G. Collingwood (2005). The Philosophy of Enchantment: Studies in Folktale, Cultural Criticism, and Anthropology. Oxford University Press.
D. P. Chattopadhyaya, Lester E. Embree & Jitendranath Mohanty (eds.) (1992). Phenomenology and Indian Philosophy. Indian Council of Philosophical Research in Association with Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.
Howard Hampton (2007). Born in Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales, and Pop Apocalypses. Harvard University Press.
Jaquelyn Osborne, Sport, Games, Women and Warriors : An Historical and Philosophical Examination of the Early Irish Ulster Cycle.
Sean B. Carroll (2009). Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Kathryn Pauly Morgan (2011). Foucault, Ugly Ducklings, and Technoswans: Analyzing Fat Hatred, Weight-Loss Surgery, and Compulsory Biomedicalized Aesthetics in America. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 4 (1):188-220.
Matthew T. Nowachek (2012). On the Non-Bracketing of Fairy Tale in Paradox Discourse. International Philosophical Quarterly 52 (1):5-20.
Martin Cohen (2008). Philosophical Tales: Being an Alternative History Revealing the Characters, the Plots, and the Hidden Scenes That Make Up the True Story of Philosophy. Blackwell Pub..
Added to index2012-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #187,589 of 1,413,453 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #154,636 of 1,413,453 )
How can I increase my downloads?